Case of Spring Valley woman who died in police custody reportedly under review

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The death of a Spring Valley woman, who was Tased while in police custody early Saturday morning, is reportedly being investigated by the state Attorney General’s Office, and the Rockland County District Attorney's Office.

Spring Valley police released a statement Monday saying that the woman was trying to attack people and smashing car windshields when they were called to the apartment complex off Fred Hecht Drive in Spring Valley just after 5 a.m.

When police arrived, officers say the woman appeared to be on drugs. Police say surveillance video also showed the woman had a temporary seizure just before they arrived.

Police say when they tried to arrest her, she grabbed an officer’s neck. She was then Tased and suffered a medical emergency. Police say they administered Narcan and CPR to the woman. She died hours later at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Neighbors at the complex say police over-responded

“Spring Valley Police Department just killed the mother of Rockland. Everyone knew her. She hurt nobody,” a resident told News 12.

Residents also told News 12 that the victim had a history of drug use and mental illness.

Spring Valley police wouldn't speak with News 12 about the incident.

 

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